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A new generation emerging at golf’s oldest major
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


HOYLAKE, England — Even when he’s not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.

Woods earned that attention by piling up majors at a faster rate than anyone in history and the attention is just as great now because his recent past includes back surgery and his immediate future is more uncertain than ever. ESPN plans to show his entire round online today.

Not to be overlooked at golf’s oldest championship, however, is a new generation of stars.

Rickie Fowler and Harris English will be playing ahead of him. Two groups behind will be Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama. They are among 25 players who share a bond that speaks to the state of golf. Woods has never won a major during their professional careers.

Yes, they saw his dominance on TV. They just never experienced it.

They were not around for the decade when Woods won majors with regularity, sometimes by a record score, sometimes by a record margin. They missed the days that were so Tiger-centric a player couldn’t get through an interview without being asked something about Woods.

“Tiger ruined a lot of guys’ lives,” Charles Howell III, a longtime friend of Woods who lived through those times, said earlier in the year. “He caused a lot of people some sleepless Sunday nights. But he also motivated an entire generation behind him.”

Howell’s point was that while the next generation might have been in awe of Woods, being outside the arena allowed them to study him without getting scarred. They learned from the way he worked. They were more prepared than the generation before them.

The talk at this British Open is that it is more open than ever.

But then, that’s been the case since Woods won his last major six years ago. Since that 2008 U.S. Open, 19 players have won majors; no one has won more than two. In the 24 majors leading up to his last major, Woods won six, Phil Mickelson won three and no one else won more than one.

Bengals DL Montgomery's SC speeding ticket dropped
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:50 PM

Associated Press


LAURENS, S.C. — A South Carolina speeding ticket against Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery has been thrown out after the trooper who wrote the ticket didn't show up in court.

Defense attorney Jim Todd said he entered a not guilty plea on Montgomery's behalf Wednesday in traffic court in Laurens. The judge accepted the plea and dismissed the ticket.

Montgomery was arrested and spent a night in jail after Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter clocked him going 89 mph in a 55-mph zone. But the trooper's dashboard camera also captured the officer threatening to use a Taser because the 6-3, 262-pound lineman was struggling to understand his commands.

Saints confirm multiyear deal with Jimmy Graham
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:36 PM

Associated Press


NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints on Tuesday confirmed a multi-year contract with Jimmy Graham, ending a protracted holdout for the star tight end.

Graham skipped all of the Saints' voluntary and mandatory practices and workouts — and challenged the NFL's franchise tag process through arbitration.

The odds of Graham leaving the Saints were slim since the club in late February placed its franchise tag on the player.

5 Things about the Tour de France rest day
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:32 PM


Associated Press


BESANCON, France — Whew! After a week that included rain, fog, wind, cobblestones, crashes and nervous riders going through huge crowds at the Tour de France start in Yorkshire, England, the pack finally got a day off on Tuesday.

Competitors got massages, mingled with family and friends, took some more leisurely rides and faced questions from reporters in a mostly relaxing day before returning to the roads for a hilly 187.5-kilometer (116.3-mile) ride from Besancon to Oyonnax in eastern France today.

Here are 5 things to know about the Tour de France on Tuesday:

Lima Junior Golf Association
Written by Staff Reports   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:26 PM

McDonald’s Junior Series

Union Bank Open - Pike Run Golf Club - Par 71

Tuesday’s Results

BOYS 12-13

1. Ethan Harmon 37; 2. Ryan Moody 41; 3. Adam Gerker 42; 4. Gavin Harmon 43; 5. Austin Radcliff 45; 6. Christian Nartker 47; 7. Cole Fletcher 52; 8. Carter Schimmoeller 53; 9. Carson Fuka 57; 10. Ryan Klausing 64.

BOYS 14-15

1. Sam Reed 38-39-77; 2. Jeffrey Knueve 40-42-82; 3. Collin Nartker 43-40-83; 4. Jared Hernandez 41-44-85; 5. Austin Lucas 45-46-91; 6. Derek Klausing 49-43-92; 7. Nick Guerrero 47-46-93; 8. Evan Baughman 48-47-95; 9. Jacob Hollman 48-49-97; 10. Kyle Huffman 47-51-98; 11. Marcus Mcgee 49-50-99.